(I think the price diff between the S9 elite and S9 escape is about $60. It looks like they use the same tubing, masks an humidifier etc.)
Perrybucsdad wrote:So if you get the S9 Elite, does it automatically come with the software? I thought this was something that they didn't provide the patient for some reason.
It is my somewhat cynical opinion that many healthcare providers prefer to keep patients in the dark. That is not to say that the would intentionally do harm. However, If you are armed with detailed data and ask questions of your provider (sleep doc or DME) then it takes up their time. If they can see 8 patients an hour instead of 10 patients, you have cut into their profit.
So, I can understand why some of them may not want you to have the software. I don't agree, but I understand. What I do not understand is why any doctor or insurance company would allow the DME the choice of limiting the level of data capability. Shouldn't doctors insist on data capability so they can see how effective the treatment is?
This raises a couple of questions-
My primary doc sent me to a sleep/respiratory specialist, who ordered the sleep study etc.
1. Can any doc order a sleep study, and prescribe an XPAP?
2A. If a 'regular' MD prescribes the Xpap, who controls the treatment, the DME or the MD?
2B. In other words, who evaluates the data from the machine, and who makes the decisions to change pressures etc?
2C. Is the DME the expert that tells the 'regular' MD what to do?